Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump. Trumpety-Trump. Trump-a-Trump; Trump Trump; Trump Trump.
This is what you are going to be watching for in Wednesday’s Republican debate—as if I have to tell you.
There will be a number of subplots, such as: How does Donald Trump treat the other candidates?
How do the other candidates treat Donald Trump?
How do the moderators treat Donald Trump, and vice versa?
Which glimmering facet of Trump’s unidimensional self will he bring to the stage? (The preening Trump? The egotistical Trump? The self-satisfied Trump? The pompous Trump?)
You will have to watch to find out, won’t you?
The debate between the top 11 GOP candidates, broadcast from the Reagan Library in California by CNN, airs at 8 p.m. Eastern, preceded by a debate of four lesser-polling candidates at 6 p.m. You can watch it online.
Trump, the well-established Republican frontrunner, will be flanked onstage by his nearest competitors, beginning with Jeb Bush, who has been aggressively attacking Trump from the right in recent weeks. Bush hopes to make a case to Republican voters turned off by Trump that he’s their best alternative, while also rebutting Trump’s charge that he is “a low energy person.”
Next comes Scott Walker, the onetime Iowa frontrunner whose campaign has been on a sharp downward trajectory in recent weeks. He adopted a meek, above-the-fray strategy in the first debate last month, but is expected to be much more aggressive this time around, as he bids to claw his way back to relevance.